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Policy: Structure and wording of coursework award requirements (program orders)

Purpose

To promulgate the understanding of Orders as legislative instruments, and represent them as unadorned and factual, rules based and official in nature, and prescriptive to exclude nuance from the interpretation of Orders.

Overview

This policy provides definition on what is required in Program Orders and templates that are to be used.

Scope

This policy applies across all coursework programs.

Policy statement

  1. A Program Order is a legislative instrument of the University and must be written in a format appropriate for a legislative instrument.
  2. All coursework Awards must have a Program Order published in the Handbook.
  3. Requirements within Program Orders govern a program’s completion and therefore must not be used to explain choices or be open to ambiguity or interpretation. Requirements must only refer to prescribed and standard elements. Exceptional options requiring permission or other such variations must not be included.
  4. A Program Order must not reference external materials or advise of the need to seek further advice.
  5. The language used to describe requirements for the creation of orders requirements must be plain, concise and formal without being dense.
  6. All requirements must be expressed in the terms of a unit value. The primary requirement is the total number of units needed for completion. All other requirements should be expressed as a subset of this. Requirements should not be expressed in number of courses, semesters of study etc.
  7. All unit values must be expressed as an exact number or as a minimum/maximum. References must not be made to ‘at least’, ‘no more than’, ‘no fewer than’, ‘up to’ etc.
  8. The broad grouping of levels of courses is to be by catalogue number; 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, 7000, 8000, or 9000-level. References to ‘first year’, ‘second year’, ‘third year’, ‘later year’, ‘fourth year honours’ are not to be used.
  9. Requirements for undergraduate coursework must not refer to organisational units other than ANU or ANU Colleges.
  10. Requirements for graduate coursework must not refer to organisational units other than ANU.
  11. Orders must utilise the templates provided in Table 1: Program Orders Requirements.
  12. Orders must comply with this policy and the elements specified in Table 1: Program Orders Requirements unless an exception is approved by the Registrar.
  13. Subject Areas including alpha codes may be used in a Program Order only where a review of all courses with the relevant alpha code has confirmed they are appropriate for the relevant program and consideration of similar courses assigned to other Subject Areas has been undertaken.

Table 1: Program Orders Requirements

Global requirements

This requirement must be used where there are global unit values required. Global unit values apply across all other requirements.

Requirements for majors, minors and specialisations must be self-contained and consist of both Global requirements and Principal requirements, and must not contain Hurdle requirements or Progression requirements.

The Major and Minor subplans are undergraduate only.

Subject Areas may be used in a Program Order only where a review of all courses with the relevant alpha code has confirmed they are appropriate for the relevant program and consideration of similar courses assigned to other Subject Areas has been undertaken.

The Award name [with Augmentation name] or Subplan name requires the completion of XXX units, of which:

List global unit values by level, College or Subject Area here

The XXX units must consist of:

List Principal requirements here

Example:

The Master of Economic History requires the completion of 96 units, of which:

A minimum of 60 units must come from completion of 8000-level courses

The 96 units must consist of:

This requirement must be used where there are no global unit values required.

Requirements for majors, minors and specialisations must be self-contained and consist of both Global requirements and Principal requirements, and must not contain Hurdle requirements or Progression requirements.

The Major and Minor subplans are undergraduate only.

The Award name or Subplan name requires the completion of XXX units, which must consist of:

List Principal requirements here

Example:

The Bachelor of Mathematical Science requires the completion of 144 units, which must consist of:

24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

MATH1115 Mathematics and Applications 1 Honours

MATH1116 Mathematics and Applications 2 Honours

MATH2405 Maths Methods 1 Honours: Ordinary Differential Equations and Advanced Vector Calculus

MATH2406 Maths Methods 2 Honours: Partial Differential Equations, Fourier Analysis and Complex Analysis

Global unit values required by level

The word “may” must be used for maximum values and “must” must be used for minimum and exact values.

The word “and” must be used to indicate that the limit applies to the sum of units where more than one level is listed.

[A maximum of / A minimum of] XX units [may / must] come from completion of XXXX-level [and YYYY-level] courses

Examples:

A maximum of 60 units may come from completion of 1000-level courses

A minimum of 24 units must come from completion of 3000-level courses

Global unit values required by College

This requirement must refer to the host College only.

This requirement must be expressed as a minimum value only.

A minimum of XX units must come from completion of courses offered by the ANU College of XXXXXXXXXX

Example:

A minimum of 96 units must come from completion of courses offered by the ANU College of Business and Economics

Principal requirements

Use where there is exactly one compulsory course.

XX units from completion of ABCD2001 Course Title

Example:

6 units from completion of ANTH8019 Practical Studies in Social Analysis

Use where all courses listed must be completed. The number of units required must be equal to sum of units from all listed courses.

Where there is more than one compulsory course, all compulsory courses must be listed together, except to give effect to a progression requirement (see ‘Split requirements’ below).

Prerequisite / Corequisite courses of compulsory courses must also be compulsory.

Courses incompatible with compulsory courses must not also be listed in the Orders

Do not give the list a description.

Do not give alternatives to compulsory courses, eg:

XXXX2001

YYYY4002

ZZZZ6003 or ZZZZ8004

XX units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

XXXX2001 Course Title

YYYY4002 Course Title

ZZZZ6003 Course Title

Example:

24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

MATH1115 Mathematics and Applications 1 Honours

MATH1116 Mathematics and Applications 2 Honours

MATH2405 Maths Methods 1 Honours: Ordinary Differential Equations and Advanced Vector Calculus

MATH2406 Maths Methods 2 Honours: Partial Differential Equations, Fourier Analysis and Complex Analysis

The total units available from completion of courses in the listed subject areas must be greater than total units required.

Sufficient prerequisites and corequisites to meet these requirements must be available in the Principal requirements of the plan for students to complete without needing to undertake additional courses.

Subject Areas may be used in a Program Order only where a review of all courses with the relevant alpha code has confirmed they are appropriate for the relevant program and consideration of similar courses assigned to other Subject Areas has been undertaken.

[A minimum of / A maximum of] XX units from completion of courses from the following subject areas:

XXXX Subject Area X

YYYY Subject Area Y

ZZZZ Subject Area Z

Example:

A minimum of 24 units from completion of courses from the following subject areas:

COMP Computer Science

ENGN Engineering

MATH Mathematics

Use where there is exactly one Subject Area.

The total units available from completion of courses in the listed subject area must be greater than total units required.

Sufficient prerequisites and corequisites to meet these requirements must be available in the Principal requirements of the plan for students to complete without needing to undertake additional courses.

Subject Areas may be used in a Program Order only where a review of all courses with the relevant alpha code has confirmed they are appropriate for the relevant program and consideration of similar courses assigned to other Subject Areas has been undertaken.

[A minimum of / A maximum of] XX units from completion of courses from the subject area XXXX Subject Area X

Example:

A maximum of 12 units from completion of courses from the subject area LAWS Law

A list description may be used. Where a list description is used, it must be used to identify a content topic or pedagogical function, eg “Regolith geology” or “Project courses”. The words “compulsory”, “core”, “elective”, “component”, and “advanced” must not be used in the list description.

The total of units available from listed courses must be greater than the number of units required.

Sufficient prerequisites and corequisites to meet these requirements must be available in the Principal requirements of the plan for students to complete without needing to undertake additional courses.

A minimum of XX units from completion of [description / level] courses from the following list:

XXXX2001 Course Title

YYYY4002 Course Title

ZZZZ6003 Course Title

Example:

A minimum of 6 units from completion of genetics courses from the following list:

BIOL3157 Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics

BIOL3159 Analysis Tools for Population Genetics

BIOL3161 Genomics and its Applications

BIOL3204 Human Genetics

Counterexample:

A maximum of 12 units from completion of elective courses from the following list:

ANTH8042 Migration, Refugees and Development

ANTH8056 Introduction to Humanitarian Action

LAWS8252 International Refugee Law

STST8021 Intelligence and Security

STST8027 Insurgency & Counterinsurgency in an Age of Terror

Multiple lists may be used as part of a single requirement

List descriptions must be used to identify a content topic or pedagogical function, eg “Regolith geology” or “Project courses”. The words “compulsory”, “core”, “elective”, “component”, and “advanced” must not be used in the list descriptions.

XX units from completion of courses from [one / N / any] of the following lists:

List A description

XXXX2001 Course Title

XXXX6003 Course Title

List B description

YYYY2001 Course Title

YYYY6003 Course Title

Example:

6 units from completion of courses from one of the following lists:

Accounting

BUSN2011 Management Accounting

BUSN2015 Company Accounting

Investment

FINM2003 Investments

FINM3008 Applied Portfolio Construction

Use where a course may/must be completed more than once.

[A minimum of / A maximum of] XX units from completion of ABCD1234 Course Title, which [may/must] be completed more than once[, in a different Topic each in instance][, in consecutive semesters]

Example:

24 units from completion of MEDI8206 Public Health Research Project, which must be completed more than once, in consecutive semesters

Use where there is exactly one compulsory major.

Undergraduate only

48 units from completion of the Major A major

Example:

48 units from completion of the Chemistry major

Use where there is exactly one compulsory minor.

Undergraduate only

24 units from completion of the Minor A minor

Example:

24 units from completion of the International Relations minor

Use where there is exactly one compulsory specialisation.

24 units from completion of the Specialisation A specialisation

Example:

24 units from completion of the Artificial Intelligence specialisation

A list description may be used.

The words “compulsory”, “core”, “elective”, “component”, and “advanced” must not be used in the list description.

Undergraduate only

48 units from completion of one of the following [description] majors:

Major A

Major B

Major C

Example:

48 units from completion of one of the following workshop majors:

Ceramics

Furniture

Gold and Silver Smithing

Textiles

Example:

48 units from completion of one of the following core majors:

Ceramics

Furniture

Gold and Silver Smithing

Textiles

A list description may be used.

The words “compulsory”, “core”, “elective”, “component”, and “advanced” must not be used in the list description.

24 units from completion of one of the following [description] minors:

Minor A

Minor B

Minor C

Example:

24 units from completion of one of the following policy minors:

Climate Science and Policy

Environmental Policy

Forest Science and Policy

A list description may be used.

The words ““compulsory”, “core”, “elective”, “component”, and “advanced” must not be used in the list description.

24 units from completion of one of the following [description] specialisations:

Specialisation A

Specialisation B

Specialisation C

Example:

24 units from completion of one of the following specialisations:

Advanced Mathematics

Advanced Physics

Astronomy and Astrophysics

By default, units from completion of courses must be used to satisfy exactly one Principal Requirement. Provisions for double counting must be explicitly specified.

Principal Requirement or Global Unit Value here, which may contribute to meeting any other requirements

Principal Requirement or Global Unit Value here, which may contribute to meeting the [description] course requirement above

Example:

12 units from completion of courses from the subject area BIOL Biology

A minimum of 6 units from completion of genetics courses from the following list, which may contribute to meeting the BIOL Biology course requirement above:

BIOL3157 Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics

BIOL3159 Analysis Tools for Population Genetics

BIOL3161 Genomics and its Applications

BIOL3204 Human Genetics

Double counting

Where students may freely elect between two sets of Principal requirements of different kinds, the words “Either” and “Or” must be used as specified over. To avoid ambiguity, no other words must be used.

Either:

Principal Requirement A

Principal Requirement B

Or:

Principal Requirement C

Not

Either:

Principal Requirement A

and:

Principal Requirement B

or:

Principal Requirement C

Example:

Either:

48 units from completion of the Latin Major

Or:

24 units from completion of the Latin minor

24 units from completion of courses from the subject area ANCH Ancient History

Split requirements

Use for hurdle requirements before research components.

Masters and embedded Honours Degrees only

XX units from completion of the following coursework component:

List Principal requirements here

XX units from completion of the following research component:

List Principal requirements here

Students must achieve a minimum XX% weighted average mark in the coursework component to continue to the research component.

Example:

72 units from completion of the following coursework component:

72 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

[…]

24 units from completion of the following research component:

24 units from completion of ENGN8180 Master Thesis Project, which must be completed more than once, in consecutive semesters

Students must achieve a minimum 75% weighted average mark in the coursework component to continue to the research component.

Progression requirements

Use for progression requirements effective after a specified point.

Not available in Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma

Students must achieve a minimum XX% weighted average mark in the first ZZ units of courses attempted in order to remain enrolled in the Award name.

If the total number of units attempted exceeds ZZ in the same teaching period in which the ZZth unit is attempted, exactly ZZ units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from courses in descending order of marks.

Example:

Students must achieve a minimum 65% weighted average mark in the first 24 units of courses attempted in order to remain enrolled in the Master of Arts.

If the total number of units attempted exceeds 24 in the same teaching period in which the 24th unit is attempted, exactly 24 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from courses in descending order of marks.

Use where students must maintain a specified level of academic performance.

Do not use GPA since it is based on academic career.

Not available in Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma

Students must achieve a minimum XX% weighted average mark in each period (Summer/First Semester/Autumn and Winter/Second Semester/Spring) in order to continue in the Award name.

Example:

Students must achieve a minimum 80% weighted average mark in each period (Summer/First Semester/Autumn and Winter/Second Semester/Spring) in order to continue in the PhB.

Progression destination requirements

Use where students who do not meet hurdle or progression requirements are transferred to a specific destination Award.

Students who do not achieve a minimum of XX% weighted average mark will be transferred to the Award name.

Example:

Students who do not achieve a minimum of 80% weighted average mark will be transferred to the Bachelor of Arts.

Undergraduate specialisation co-requisite

Undergraduate specialisations must be undertaken in conjunction with one or more majors.

Undergraduate Only

This specialisation must be taken in conjunction with the co-requisite name major

Example:

This specialisation must be taken in conjunction with the International Relations major

Undergraduate Only

This specialisation must be taken in conjunction with a major from the following list:

Major A

Major B

Major C

Example:

This specialisation must be taken in conjunction with a major from the following list:

Biology

Chemistry

Electives

Use only where students’ choice of courses is restricted only by ‘Global requirements’.

Do not identify lists of courses as electives (see Principal requirements)

XX units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Example:

48 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Information

Printable version (PDF)
Title Structure and wording of coursework award requirements (program orders)
Document Type Policy
Document Number ANUP_006803
Version 6
Purpose To define requirements for Program Orders and use of relevant templates.
Audience Staff
Category Academic
Topic/ SubTopic Teaching & Learning
 
Effective Date 10 Dec 2013
Review Date 10 Dec 2016
 
Responsible Officer Registrar, Student Administration
Approved By: Vice-Chancellor
Contact Area Division of Student Administration
Authority Coursework Awards Rule 2016 (No. 2)
Coursework Handbook Rules 2013
Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015